Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Built For Two

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Built For Two
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 4: A Reel Dozen
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-8   1ST COUPLE SET AND CHASE: 1st couple set, then 1st woman casts off two places, crosses over below 3rd couple and casts up to 2nd man's place AS 1st man chases her but ends by dancing up middle to face 3rd woman (2nd couple step up on bars 5-6);

  9-24 ½ TANDEM REELS OF 3: 1st couple dances around each corner position in the following order: man's 1st corner, man's 2nd corner, woman's 1st corner, and woman's 2nd corner: 1st couple switch the lead at the head of each half reel of 3, AS the corners dance ½ reels of 3 (1st corners, then 2nd corners, 1st corners again, and then 2nd corners) (end with 1st woman on right hand of the 1st man);

25-32 1ST COUPLE LEAD OUT, DIVIDE AND CAST TWICE: 1st couple nearer hands joined dance out through 2nd and 3rd women, divide and cast back to centre, then dance out through 2nd and 3rd men, divide and cast back to 2nd place on own side (on the second ending 1st couple dance do not divide on bar 29 and instead cast around 4th man to end in 4th place AS 4th couple step up).

Repeat having passed a couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

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